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REGIONAL FORUM, THURSDAY,
MAY 11, RENMARK
THE Citrus Australia – SA Region Regional Forum
will be held in Renmark on Thursday, May 11.
The morning session will be held at the
Renmark Club from 9am-12.15pm (morning tea
and lunch provided). It will include presentations
from CASAR chair Steve Burdette, Citrus Australia
representatives Judith Damiani, Tania Chapman,
Nathan Hancock (tree census, crop forecast and
quality update) and David Daniels (market access
and agrichemical update).
Trade Victoria’s Jessica Beard will provide an
update on the Australian citrus Now! In season
export promotions for 2017, while NSW DPI’s
Graeme Sanderson and Dr Dave Monks will provide
an update on variety and rootstock evaluations.
MADEC’s Scott Cameron will speak about
what growers need to be aware of in regards to
labour this season and Cynthia Tupicoff from the
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
will talk about changes to the Horticultural Code of
Practice. Tamara Rohrlach will look at the review
of the Citrus Management Plan and there will be
seasonal update from CASAR.
Following lunch at the Renmark Club, the after-
noon session kicks off at 1.30pm at AgriExchange
Pty Ltd, 260 Chowilla Street, Renmark. Afternoon
topics will include a variety evaluation of kirkwood
red, eureka seedless and some topworking tech-
Please RSVP by Tuesday, May 9 to saregion@
citrusaustralia.com.au or call Kerrie Robertson on
0427 799 465.
VARIETIES FIELD TRIP –
IF you’d like to jump on board the CASAR bus to
attend a field trip on June 14 to see the latest
varieties being developed at the New South Wales
DPI facility at Dareton you will need to get in quick.
There is no cost but there are limited spots avail-
able. You can confirm your seat by emailing sar-
STORM DAMAGE FIELD DAY –
CASAR committee members Simon Lehmann and
Anthony Fulwood attended a storm damage work-
shop/field day conducted by Primary Industries
and Regions SA at Taylorville earlier this week.
About 25 people attended, including 12 grow-
ers. PIRSA’s Duncan Tullett gave an overview on the
area and extent of the damage to citrus, stonefruit
and wine grapes. He suggested citrus growers
may be able to market as a special line to increase
SARDI’s Peter Taverner spoke about rind dam-
age and expected that there would not be any
There were also presentations about hail net-
ting, a grower ’s experience on netting and Roger
Fielke spoke about mental health.
$3000 GRANTS FOR HORT/
IF you’re involved in a group which is planning a
field day, workshop, webinar, forum, information
session or guest speaker you may be eligible to
apply for a grant of up to $3000.
The South Australian Murray-Darling Basin
Natural Resources Management Board is calling for
applications for its Agricultural Knowledge Small
To be eligible, projects must be relevant for an
agricultural or farming group, be conducted within
the SAMDB NRM region and build the knowledge
or skill of the group. They must also facilitate
improved management of natural resources.
Applications are due before May 15.
Projects must be completed, all funding acquit-
ted, and project reports completed and submitted
on or before Friday, June 1, 2018. There will be no
opportunities for project extensions due to exter-
nal project funding requirements.
opportunities or contact Mark May on mark.may@
sa.gov.au, 8580 1800 or 0400 889 023.
THIS year’s Australian Citrus Pesticide Residue
Monitoring Program is now open. The program is a
co-operative arrangement between the Australian
Government, Citrus Australia and exporters and
is co-funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia.
The program assures overseas customers and regu-
lators that Australian citrus exporters effectively
manage agrichemical residues. Now in its seventh
year, the program has contributed to maintaining
and improving market access conditions in several
key markets. Tests are conducted in government
accredited laboratories at competitive rates.
Citrus exporters or packing-houses not already
participating in the program are encouraged to
UPDATED HARVEST GUIDES
TWO new citrus harvesting guides, developed by
NSW DPI have been released this week. They aim
to improve pickers harvesting skills while increasing
safety and profitability.
Growers are legally responsible for anyone
working on their orchard and if an accident was to
occur would need to demonstrate how they took
reasonable action (i.e. provided information/train-
ing) to prevent a problem.
These issues are addressed in new guides;
Australian Fresh Citrus Harvest Handbook and
Citrus Harvest Exercise and Nutrition Guide.
The Australian fresh citrus harvest handbook
helps pickers use the correct harvest procedure
and also helps them pick faster and safer.
Topics covered in the handbook include:
q Preparation: what to wear, equipment and
starting the day.
q Picking: mandarin and orange harvest tech-
niques, ladder work and tools.
q Machinery: awareness of tractors and fork-
q Safety: personal health and procedures, and
good manual lifting techniques.
q Harvest tips: work efficiently for a satisfying
and productive experience.
The citrus harvest exercise and nutrition guide
provides information for pickers on how to condi-
tion their body before the harvest season starts
and maintain their condition during the harvest.
It also provides information on warmup exer-
cises to reduce the risk of injury.
The guides were developed over the past two
years in consultation with industry and are now
available on the NSW DPI citrus web site in the
They are available in A4 layout to be printed out
on a standard home printer. A professional print
ready version is also available.
Hort Connections Convention, Adelaide
Convention Centre, May 15-17
This conference combines the old AUSVEG,
Produce Marketing Association, Nursery and
Garden and Irrigation Australia conferences for the
first time to form a truly national conference for
the Horticulture Industry.
CASAR DIARY DATES
May 11 – CASAR Regional Forum, Renmark Club
June 14 – Variety field trip, Dareton
Citrus Australia - SA Regional Wrap
FOR several decades damaged
vineyard posts have been stock-
piling on headlands around the
The cost of collecting and dis-
posing of them in the prescribed
manner has been prohibitive.
Volunteers have initiated programs
from time to time to collect and
sort them into bundles of similar
size and arrange transport to farm-
ers outside the region who can use
them, most often to replace fences
following fire damage. There has
been no meaningful program
developed to encourage producers
or recyclers to grapple with the
problem; so the posts have contin-
ued to accrue soon after harvest
More recently, particularly
following the SARMS program,
additional large piles of homeless
dripper tubes have been accu-
mulating on the same headlands,
alongside the discarded posts. The
tubes are generally considered to
have a useful life of 10 to 15 years,
so these piles will grow much
larger if an affordable solution can-
not be discovered. It is estimated
there would already be tens of
thousands of kilometres of tubes
that have been left under vines or
dragged out and left as a home for
millipedes, spiders, snakes, rats
Some growers have taken the
trouble to recoil the tubes and
donate them to recycling depots
but the majority can’t afford the
time and cost; so they just sit there
But wait... an enterprising
small business entrepreneur, Uma
Preston, has established a recy-
cling business that will rebate the
grower for tubes returned, against
the cost of new tubes. Sustaining
Endeavour is the name of her
business. She recently contacted
Riverland Wine to explore oppor-
One of the major impediments
has been the scarcity of ‘recoiling
machines’ to make the job more
cost effective and affordable.
Riverland Wine has offered to work
with Uma to secure funding to
acquire several recoiling machines
that members will be able to use so
watch this space and consider the
possibilities. In the meantime, visit
the Sustaining Endeavour website
read how growers in other regions
are already using the service.
IGNORE SAFETY REGS
AND RISK THE LOT
SAFETY is a very serious business,
one that is avoided more often
than not on-farm for similar rea-
sons as to why damaged posts and
old tubes accumulate in heaps.
It takes time and money! Safety
legislation provides for severe
financial and criminal penalties to
both individuals and the business.
Whilst farmers may consider that
the legislation does not apply to
them because they only employ
seasonal workers, or perhaps don’t
employ at all, the legislation is still
It is a legal requirement for the
business to have an active safe sys-
tem of work. Most farmers do not.
Several times in recent months
this column has promoted ‘Safe Ag
Systems’, a cloud-based software
program along with an app, that
has been developed to allows
users real time access to their work
health and safety management
The program has been devel-
oped in compliance with Australian
WHS laws and can be customised
to suit any agricultural or horti-
cultural agribusiness. Importantly,
it was developed by farmers, for
Safe Ag Systems provide easy
access to many of the resources
that make this tedious topic much
more approachable including: WHS
policies and induction programs,
emergency management tem-
plates, worker – fitness for work
programs, a training register and
many other helpful features. It
need NOT cost a bomb but it will
remove worry, reduce and avoid
massive penalties. WHS obligations
on business owners are now exact-
ly the same as any other industry.
More information will be pro-
vided as part of the May meetings.
Riverland Wine is working with
Safe Ag Systems to plan Riverland
Workshops in the region in June
to Show ‘n’ Tell just how easily the
systems can be integrated into any
winegrowing business. Watch this
space but also visit the website
THE Barossa Pruning Expo will be
held again this year on Tuesday,
It may be a dying art/skill in this
region but there are a few ‘guns’
around. Why not encourage them
to have a go and bring home the
bacon to the Riverland?
The expo will include: a prun-
ing competition, with more than
$11,000 worth of prizes; work-
shops with Dr Mark Sosnowski
and Italian viticulturist ‘Simonit
and Sirch’ presenting the latest
information and techniques for
preventing and managing Eutypa;
and a trade show featuring the lat-
est pruning technology and equip-
For further information contact
Nicki Robins phone 8563 0650 or
FAMILY businesses are a key con-
tributor to the Australian agribusi-
Some of these are conducted in
a boardroom environment, whilst
others are managed around a
kitchen table. Irrespective of their
size and complexity, many family
businesses experience common
Piper Alderman is partner-
ing with Primary Industries and
Regions South Australia (PIRSA)
to deliver an Agri-Masterclass
series as part of PIRSA’s Women
Influencing Agribusiness and
Regions Strategy (WIARS).
The second seminar in the
2017 Agri-Masterclass series
Family Business: the Benefits and
Challenges will be held at Level
16, 70 Franklin Street, Adelaide
on Wednesday, May 24 starting at
An interactive panel discussion,
from influential family businesses
in the agribusiness sector, will
cover topics including: the benefits
and challenges of family business;
governance strategies and mecha-
nisms; managing and resolving
conflict; succession for your family
business – management, owner-
ship and leadership; nextgen’s role
in the family business.
The seminar panellists are Lucy
Wilson, general manager/market-
ing, Bremerton Wines; Sally Paech,
marketing director, Beerenberg
Farm; Simon Haigh, joint manag-
ing director, Haigh’s Chocolates;
Kathy Ruggiero, managing direc-
tor, Swanport Harvest. Bianca
Battistella, from Piper Alderman
will facilitate the seminar.
For further information, please
contact Adele Tatarelli by email
VINTAGE 17 TIP #14
HERE is Vinehealth Australia’s 14th
vintage biosecurity tip: Source your
planting material only from a repu-
table registered grapevine nursery.
the key to
THE agriculture industry must continue innovating
to stay ahead of the pack if it is to remain
competitive internationally, the head of a national
bureau told locals at a conference in Renmark on
Innovation was the buzz word at the single-day
Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource
Economics and Sciences (ABARES) Renmark
Regional Outlook Conference, featuring industry
experts speaking about a variety of topics.
ABARES acting executive director Peter Gooday
spoke about big-picture issues impacting South
He said Australia had to continue making tech-
nological advances to ensure primary industries
remained competitive internationally.
“We can see that some of our major competitors
Brazil in the beef market and the Ukraine in the
grain market – are doing the sorts of things we have
done in the past to increase their productivity,” he
“We need to keep our eye on the ball, so that we
can continue to innovate and stay ahead.
“There are all sorts of ideas that people are think-
ing of, from new digital technologies through to
improvements in the ag system to increase yield and
reduce water use.”
A number of locals spoke at the conference,
including Murtho irrigator Ben Haslett and Pyap
citrus grower Ryan Arnold.
Renmark winegrape grower John Tzanavaras said
the sessions gave locals an opportunity to have their
He said the wine industry needed to become
more innovative with its marketing strategy.
“I think we need to become disruptive within the
market to get our top dollar,” he said.
“Right now we’re not getting our top dollar.
“Marketing and branding need to be improved,
and I think listening to what people want is the most
Mr Tzanavaras said he would like to see all forms
of governments playing a bigger role in assisting
with marketing Australian wine.
“I’ve got big hopes for the ministers that are in
place at the moment, but I’d like to see more done,”
“I think there’s a lot at stake as well. There’s
some good representation in this area on a federal
and state level.
“The (conference) is a great example of that,
because if we didn’t have that representation we
wouldn’t have had this here today.”
ABARES acting executive director Peter Gooday was
one of a range of industry experts who spoke at the
Renmark Regional Outlook Conference in Renmark
on Wednesday. PHOTO: Jeremy Rochow
ABARES comes to Renmark...
the ball, so that we can continue
to innovate and stay ahead...
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